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10 Questions

10 questions to consider for your child’s senior secondary schooling…

What is the outcome of a StPatsTech education?
More than 800 of our past students began an apprenticeship during their time at the College and 94% are still in or have completed their training. Other students have moved straight into work or onto further studies with our TAFE SA direct entry program, while a small number choose to go on to university. Nearly 100% of past students report they are currently in employment.

Does the school have a particular philosophy or mission?
Jobs are our thing. Our focus is not on ATAR scores or pressuring students to gain a university place. We recognise that not everyone wants or needs to attend university to have a fulfilling career. Our mission is to create well-rounded young people who are ready for the working world. This means our students study maths and science which is applicable to their trade or technical area. This practical approach means students are able to better comprehend complex ideas and see how and why they work in the real-world.

Will StPatsTech prepare my child for a career?
Yes. We won’t hand your child an apprenticeship but we will treat them like a young adult and teach them appropriate workplace behaviours and practices. Our state-of-the-art workshops and facilities mean our students know their way around the work environment and are confident with employers during work experience placements. We also know that sometimes things change. Once you have been exposed to range of potential career choices in a real, hands-on way, you might change your mind about your future – and that’s okay. You can change your course to suit your abilities and passions. And if you decide on a career that requires further education, including a university degree, then we’ll make sure you have the correct entrance requirements as well.

Does the College meet my child’s basic education needs?
Yes and more. Not only will your child complete their SACE they will concurrently study a TAFE SA Certificate II or IV (depending on their chosen stream). If a student secures a School-based Apprenticeship they transfer into a Certificate III course as part of their trade. This means these students can complete Year 12 and the first year of their apprenticeship at the same time. Th they graduate from school straight into full-time employment in the second year of their apprenticeship.

What support will the College offer my child?
Many of our teachers come from a trade or technical background and we have strong links to industry and employers. We actively promote job opportunities to students and our staff passionately want to see the students succeed. We are a Catholic Secondary School and offer strong pastoral care – providing mentoring and support to all of our students. Our extensive Work Ready Skills program means students leave the College well-prepared for the adult world of work.

What is the application process like?
It’s pretty straightforward. Download an Application for Enrolment from our website, complete and return to the College. Your child will be asked to complete an aptitude test and attend an interview with at least one parent / guardian. The earlier you lodge your application, the better chance you have at securing your position in your first-preference course.

How many hours of homework are expected of students?
Our homework standards are not laborious as students are putting their classroom theory directly into practice in our fully-equipped workshops. There are compulsory areas of the SACE curriculum which will require some at-home work, but on the whole we cover most of the students’ learning here at the College. Just like an employee, they are required to give their focus to their work during school hours but we do not expect them to do large amounts of homework – in fact, we’d rather they are working part-time or engaging in sporting pursuits or hobbies in their free time.

What are the extra-curricular opportunities available?
We are not your regular school with sports teams and swimming carnivals. Instead we offer students a much more exciting program. Regular site visits to industry are a big part of preparing students for work. We also have footy and soccer teams which compete against other schools in the state knock-out carnivals. Students can travel to England where they are exposed to global industries such as Rolls Royce and JCB. A Cambodian Pilgrimage sees students put their trade skills to work in disadvantaged communities. On top of that, students are encourage to help others through a number of events such as cooking food for Fred’s Van at Elizabeth Vinnies, attending a local aged care home to do beauty treatments for residents, and sewing quilts for women in crisis accommodation.

Who will be teaching my child?
We are proud to have a strong mix of traditional teachers who teach core skills subjects and tradesmen and women who take on the trade and technical training. Our trade and technical trainers have followed the path that many of our students are just beginning and are a great example that Technical Vocational Education & Training (TVET) can open so many doors in a career. Our teachers’ strong industry links and knowledge means our students are better prepared for work.

Who will my child be socialising with?
Our students come from far and wide. We consider the slate clean when they arrive here at StPatsTech which means students can be themselves and meet new friends. While they must leave their current school to enrol with us, everyone is in the same boat. We have students with a passion for a particular career and others who are here to try and find their potential. Your child will be at school with aspiring chefs and hairdressers, mechanics and welders, plumbers and sparkies, chippies and computer programmers.

Happy Father’s Day

Wishing all the Dad’s associated with #stpatstech a very happy Fathers’ Day.

Dads are one of our earliest role models and influences. They shape the adults we become through their love, guidance and terrible taste in humour.

Here at #stpatstech we are privileged to see many great father/child relationships in action just like Brett Moseley and his son Declan. Declan is a StPatsTech School-based Apprentice and it was his time spent in his father’s workshop at Northside Sheetmetal that lead him to work in the metals engineering industry.

“I used to work for dad in the school holidays and enjoyed doing this type of work,” Declan said.

Brett said it was a mutual decision for Declan to seek his trade with another local business, to enable him to spread his wings, but he may return to the family business down the track.
Declan is a first year apprentice boilermaker with Weldfab Engineering at Edinburgh North.

Another big influence Brett has had on his children (including Connor, 16) was passing on his passion for motorsport. As vice president of the FPV & XR Car Club – SA, Brett said his love of Fords has seen Declan join the club and put much of his hard-earned wages towards his XR6 Falcon.

As a tradesman himself, Brett said he was pleased to see Declan secure an apprenticeship.

A trade career has enabled Brett to own his own successful sheet metal business, employing 10 people, buy a family home, raise a family and travel both nationally and internationally regularly. His wife Robyn also works in the business, taking care of the books and “everything else” to do with the family.

#happyfathersday #dadsrock

A motorsport dream come true

We are ending National Skills Week with a success story from the College. Jesse Noort fell in love with motorsport as a young teenager and knew she wanted to be part of the high-octane action one day. She was able to do just that thanks to securing a School-based Apprenticeship while at St Patrick’s Technical College.

“When I was in year eight my mum and dad took me to Clipsal and I loved the action, the environment, the high adrenaline. I just fell absolutely in love with it. As soon as I experienced it, I knew that is what I wanted to do,’’ Jesse said.

With a clear focus on her goal, Jesse was among the first students to complete their Year 12 from #StPatsTech’s $15 million purpose built facility in Edinburgh North. Studying the automotive stream at the College, Jesse was able to secure an apprenticeship with the MTA Group Training Scheme in 2009.

Her enthusiasm saw her apprenticeship fast-tracked, with her being signed off an impressive 14 months early.

As soon as she had her qualifications, she got herself onto the Brad Jones Racing team on the V8 Supercar circuit. She travelled around the country firstly as second mechanic and later in the sub-assembly area.

“I still can’t believe how much I did during my time with the Brad Jones Racing. In my first two weeks we built a whole new car. It was an awesome experience,’’ Jesse said.

Now 25, Jesse returned to Adelaide after her time with Brad Jones Racing and took a sales role with Repco.

An Automotive Parts Interpreter at Repco Modbury, Jesse is the first point of contact for industry when searching for parts. She also handles general public sales.

“I basically help mechanics get the right part at the right time. My job is to help industry get the parts they are after, and there’s so much terminology around all the different parts I really like being able to identify what they need.’’

StPatsTech teacher, Bruce Hall, was Jesse’s teacher in 2008 and was delighted to recently catch up with his former student.

“Jesse is certainly one of our success stories,’’ Mr Hall said. “She had her head screwed on and new what path she wanted to follow and saw that through to the end. It is awesome to see how our former students have flourished. It’s really rewarding.

“Having a trade behind you really opens up so many different career pathways, and some students may not be aware of.’’

Jesse recently got engaged and bought her first home in the northern suburbs. She plans to start a family in the short-term and is saving for a trip to Disneyland.

Cambodia pilgrimage 2017

St Patrick’s Technical College students and staff will travel to Cambodia in September 2017 to learn new skills and share their knowledge to help build stronger communities.

Picture 12bWith the help of the Rotary Club of Elizabeth, 14 students and three teachers will spend ten days in Cambodia’s Siem Reap area helping to improve the lives of local school students. Elizabeth Rotary has kindly donated $5000 to financially assist a number of students to take part in the trip.

The 2017 trip will include two projects:

The major project will see students and staff undertake a construction project. This will use the skills the technical college students have learnt while in the school’s workshops in northern Adelaide and apply them to help a school in Cambodia. The students will also be asked to teach the local students many of the construction skills to ensure the project can be maintained for the long-term. This year the students will build on the work they did in 2016, which saw 800m of water pipe laid from the local well to the school, by helping to bring water to the community market.

Picture 2bThe second project will see the school create book packs, buy uniforms and purchase bicycles for students of a remote school. Without these things, students cannot attend the government school. StPatsTech hopes to ease the burden on the local families by buying books, stationery, uniforms and bicycles so remote students can more easily access school each day.

The College has launched a GoFundMe page which will raise money that will go directly towards construction material and school needs of Cambodian children. StPatsTech will purchase the goods in-country to reduce shipping costs and support the local economy and encourage those who are able to donate via the GoFundMe page.

The journey to Cambodia embodies the St Patrick’s Technical College belief of Faith in Action. Passing on and sharing skills to ensure projects are successful for a lifetime, is an important part of this work by StPatsTech.

Year 12 Info Night – Tue 2 Feb

The St Patrick’s Technical College 2016 Year 12 Information Night will be conducted on Tuesday 2 February, 7-8:30pm, at the College.


It is an expectation that all Year 12 students and their families attend this evening as it will provide important information about the final year program at St Patrick’s including the conduct of work trials, work experience, School-based Apprenticeships and SCAE completion.  Families will also have the opportunity to meet their students’ Pastoral Care Group teachers and other key members of the staff team.

INevilleAs part of the evening we are also very pleased to welcome back to St Patrick’s, Ivan Neville, Manager of the Labour Market Research and Analysis Branch from the Department of Employment in Canberra.  Ivan is responsible for analysing the Australian labour market and identifying current and future demand for skills.  He has been doing extensive work on the Northern Adelaide Employment Outlook and has spoken in many forums associated with the Automotive Transformation Taskforce.  His plain speaking style cuts through the politics and the headlines, making an important and complex issue for everyone living and/or working in northern Adelaide, easy to understand.  Ivan has presented at St Patrick’s previously and his presentation at the Information Night on employment prospects for Year 12 students will be insightful for both students and families.

To assist us in preparing for the Information Night, please REGISTER your attendance.

For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the College on 8209 3700 or via email.


50 years celebration at St Ann’s

St Ann’s Catholic Church, 30 Midway Road, Elizabeth East, is celebrating being part of the Elizabeth community, both spiritually and socially for 50 years.

Mass will be celebrated at 6pm on Saturday 5 December, followed by a shared supper. All are warmly welcomed to attend this event which acknowledges the initiative and commitment of present and past parishioners over those 50 years.

For further information please contact church office on 8255 1191.

Changes to RAA Driver Education courses

RAA Driver Education has streamlined its course offering for Learner drivers.

Following the SACE Board’s decision to reduce the value of the RAA Premium P-Ready program from 25 down to 10 SACE credits, the course has been discontinued from semester 2, 2015.

However, RAA Driver Education continues to provide a range of top quality options for your learner including single and lesson packages (discount member rate), free online newsletter, free Keys2 drive lesson, highly qualified automatic and manual instructors, pick up and drop off at specified locations.

Please contact RAA Driver Education on 8202 4444 or visit to book a lesson or for more information.

Working with ZONTA

As part of our Year 12 Community Studies course in 2015, student from the School of Community Studies, Hospitality & Lifestyle are striving to raise $1800 to package 600 birthing kits for the Australian Birthing Kit Foundation.

Students will work together to create these basic birthing kits, which include a plastic sheet, soap, 2 gloves, sterile scalpel blade, 3 cords and 5 gauze squares. The kits will be sent to villages in Third World Countries where women are unable to give birth in sanitized areas.

Students have been actively involved organizing events and raffles to raise money for this project; this year’s International Women’s Day Breakfast and Easter Stall at St Patrick’s to name a few.

Working with Adrienne Williams from the ZONTA Club of Para District Area, students will host a Pamper Grandparents morning on Tuesday 2 June.  The Club has generously contributed $350 towards the students quest to raise money.

Last night, Millie Carmody and Shannon Chamberlain (pictured) attended the Biennium Dinner held at the Country Comfort Adelaide Manor to accept the generous donation on behalf of their class. Including this donation, the class has now raised $600 and will be working diligently together to raise an additional $1200 this term.

2015 Student Leaders Commissioned

As part of the annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations yesterday, our 2015 Student Leaders were officially commissioned.

The commissioning ceremony took place during the formal school assembly prior to the day’s liturgical celebration. College Captains, Sam Foster and Courtney Edgecombe along with six Trade Leaders, were introduced to special guest, City of Playford Mayor, Glenn Docherty, and St Patrick’s Technical College Chair, Mrs Tricia Hicks.  Each was presented with their badge and a certificate indicating their appointment.

Our 2015 Student Leaders are:

  • College Captains
    • Sam Foster (Automotive)
    • Courtney Edgecombe (Hair & Beauty)
  • Trade Leaders – School of Building & Construction
    • Jacob Nigro-Graziani (Building & Construction)
    • Peter Stamatelopoulos (Plumbing)
  • Trade Leaders – School of Community Services, Hospitality & Lifestyle
    • Brayden Pike (Food & Hospitality)
    • Nicola Warren (Food & Hospitality)
  • Trade Leaders – School of Engineering & Transport
    • Dale Stevens (Electrotechnology)
    • Fred Webb (Metals & Engineering)

The leaders each assisted Fr Pat Woods during the St Patrick’s Day liturgy which was followed by the annual Project Compassion Carnival and Irish Games.

The Irish Games were won by the School of Engineering & Transport who capped off their performance by taking out the tug-o-war main event. Other events included tunnel ball, the three-legged race and the potato and spoon race.

Class of 2015 Seniors’ Jacket

Each year the College supports students who wish to mark their years spent at St Patrick’s Technical College with a commemorative item of clothing. This item is not compulsory to purchase but it can be worn as part of the official College uniform. It is one way in which we are happy for students to display their pride in the school and camaraderie among their classmates.

Following the introduction of a high quality garment last year, this year’s jacket will again be supplied by A1 Apparel at a cost of approximately $80. (NB – final price will be dependant of quantity ordered).

SbAT students have had the opportunity to try on a jacket and confirm their size during the past week.  Campus-based students will have the same opportunity during their morning PC Group time in Week 3.

Students have the option of personalising their jacket with their name / nickname.  All names will be approved by the College Principal prior to placing the order.

Students should return their order forms, distributed during Week 2, by Friday 20 February 2015. A follow-up letter to authorise the personalisation will follow including final cost details and payment information.